Outrage over Ukraine’s extradition of a refugee

There remains confusion within Ukraine as to whom the authorities have extradited to Russia, however it is quite clear that a grave breach of international law has been committed | detail

Visits 1622

UN Refugee Agency condemns refoulement of a refugee to Russian Federation

UNHCR condemns the extradition of the refugee from the Russian Federation (Ingushetia) on 15 August 2012 in breach of national and international law. The refugee was recognized by UNHCR under its mandate in March 2012 and had been granted refugee status by an EU member-state | detail

Visits 1353

Two men facing extradition over “Putin assassination plot”

The Odessa Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal against the extradition of Chechen Adam Osmayev to Russia. He is accused of planning an “assassination attempt” on Putin in February this year, as well as on Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. | detail

Visits 1387

Fears rising over fate of two refugees wanted by Russia

Kyiv Post journalist Svitlana Tuchynska writes that although international law forbids Ukraine from sending them back, one has disappeared from a Kyiv detention center while the other was so severely beaten in custody he slipped into a coma. | detail

Visits 1361

UNHCR protests over treatment of two mandate refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has issued a statement expressing concern over the fate of two refugees recognized by UNHCR under its mandate and condemning their treatment as in flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights. | detail

Visits 1333

UNHCR condemns Ukraine’s refusal to admit Kyrgyz asylum seeker

The UN Refugee Agency has condemned the refusal to allow a Kyrgyzstan national onto Ukrainian territory in violation of international law and the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights | detail

Visits 795

HRW: Stop Harassing Somali Asylum Seekers

The Ukrainian authorities should immediately stop police harassment and threats against Somali asylum seekers held at the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre, Human Rights Watch insists | detail

Visits 1264

Ukraine must release Somali asylum-seekers

Amnesty International is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to release Somali nationals who are currently on hunger strike in protest at being detained for up to a year “for the purposes of deportation” following court orders issued in December last year. | detail

Visits 1198

Concern over plight of Somali asylum seekers in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Refugee Council has issued an open appeal to the President, Minister of Internal Affairs, Head of the Migration Service and others calling on them to take all measures needed to regulate the situation of Somali asylum seekers presently in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1145

90% of asylum seekers in Ukraine turned down

Ukrainian NGOs report that over the ten years since Ukraine signed the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, it has not created a system for giving effective assistance to asylum seekers. | detail

Visits 1298

The Whole Truth about fighting Ilegal Immigration: Facts and Figures

In a damning expose of myths about migration and those who encourage them, Volodymyr Batchae stresses that the fight against illegal migration must not turn into a hunt for CIS nationals so as to be able to proudly present to Europe hunting trophies in the form of figures supposedly demonstrating an exacerbation of the problem | detail

Visits 3599

Watch out for skinheads and the police

Yury Nuzhny writes about an asylum seeker from Guinea who asked him to tell people about the latest of many encounters with the Kharkiv police. Perhaps, he says, the people at the top in the police don’t know what’s happening and when they find out, will punish those responsible. | detail

Visits 1495

Hospitality the Ukrainian way: three days in custody at Boryspil Airport

Late in the evening of 9 September a family from Afghanistan – a pregnant woman, her husband and one-year-old infant – was allowed onto Ukrainian territory after being unlawfully detained for three days by Kyiv border guards | detail

Visits 834

Will the new law make life easier for refugees?

While reception has been generally positive, there are doubts as to its practical enforcement. Its success will also depend on the court system | detail

Visits 1216

What to expect from the new law on refugees

The Law on Refugees and People who need additional or temporary protection came into force on 4 August 2011. Nadiya Ediyeva from the Chernihiv Public Committee for Human Rights, assesses its new features. | detail

Visits 1726

Good News at Last: mandate refugee Denis Solopov released!

Denis Solopov, Moscow artist and civic activist who had been held in a Kyiv SIZO (detention unit) since March pending a decision on the extradition request from Russia has been released and has gone to the Netherlands which, unlike Ukraine, found grounds for offering him political asylum | detail

Visits 979

Ukraine to pay refugee from Russian Federation 6 thousand euro in moral compensation

While a Ukrainian court did finally overturn the Prosecutor General’s order to extradite Lema Susarov to the Russian Federation, the Chechen refugee still spent a year in a Ukrainian SIZO | detail

Visits 1439

UNHCR comments on new refugee legislation

While the new law on refugees “takes several progressive steps in refugee protection, it does not yet meet EU and international standards on two key points and could be further fine tuned on a number of relevant matters that would further improve Ukraine’s legislative framework” | detail

Visits 1464

Calls for release of mandate refugee Denis Solopov

On 20 June, International Refugee Day, human rights activists and artists picketed the Prosecutor General’s Office demanding the release from detention of Moscow artist and civic activist, Denis Solopov who took part in the Khimki Forest protest in Moscow region | detail

Visits 889

Political Refugee Denis Solopov could be deported to Russia

Environmental activist and artist Denis Solopov holds mandate refugee status from the UNHCR in Ukraine, yet this, a spokesperson says, is not a decisive argument according to Ukrainian legislation | detail

Visits 2342

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